CHICAGO - Consource Plastic Recycling Corp. of Tampa, Fla., has opened a sales office in Chicago as the first step in its plan to expand regionally. The office will buy scrap materials and ship them to Tampa to be reprocessed at the 40,000-square-foot Consource facility, said Patrick Tifer, marketing and incoming materials manager for the company's new ``east central'' division. However, a full-scale recycling plant for the region is planned in 1996.
``For the time being we are trying to establish our presence,'' Tifer said. ``Ours is a different sort of recycling operation, and we feel that we can be a nationwide force.''
Consource opened in Tampa in November 1994, and is one of the few recyclers that processes all seven types of coded rigid plastic containers. The facility accepts commingled bales of scrap containers, which then are sorted by resin type, by both mechanical and hand methods. The scrap is then put through a four-step grinding process that the company claims removes more than 90 percent of the labels and other contaminants.
PET containers are machine-sorted using the company's NRT Vinylcycle 12 system, an optical sorter that separates vinyl for PET. The company sells baled scrap and dirty flake materials, and will offer clean flake and pelletized materials next year after an expansion that will make it a 24-hour operation employing 200, Tifer said.